Coachella has returned this year with an immense music lineup and an equally impressive food lineup. They’ve already released the Outstanding in the Field chef roster, but that’s a more exclusive sit-down premium experience.
Eater has the exclusive news on all the food that’s happening at the festival on both weekends, so feast your eyes. Coachella runs April 14 to 16 and 21 to 23, 2017.
Here are some quick hits on what you should try at Coachella 2017, plus the complete lineup below.
Fat Dragon, the popular new-school Chinese restaurant in Silver Lake, is serving an orange chicken bowl, plus cold-brew green tea with fruit infusions in the Beer Barn.
Danny Trejo’s ultra popular Trejo’s Tacos will be serving at the Beer Barn, which means it’s accessible to everyone, not just VIPs. And yes, the lines will be long.
The one thing you need to try when you’re out there: Paper Planes, which is Alvin Cailan’s (Eggslut, Luchini Pizzeria) new concept that’s basically melted raclette cheese poured over tater tots. This will surely be the talk of the festival and possibly the most Instagrammable dish for both weekends. Just a caveat: It’s only available inside the Rose Garden VIP area.
Sweet Comforts is a supremely photogenic waffle dessert concept that is debuting at Coachella this year. They come in fruity pebble, Oreo, animal crackers, and “plain jane.” They’ll be serving in the Boardwalk area, which means it’s available to everyone.
Ricardo Zarate’s more fast casual Mamacita, which opened a few weeks ago inside the Hollywood & Highland complex, is serving Peruvian burritos, which come with a quinoa and brown rice blend, tomato sambal, smashed avocadoes, and fried egg with chicken, skirt steak, or portobello mushroom. This will be available inside the Rose Garden VIP.
Marcel Vigneron’s Wolf will be serving everything from burgers and baby kale salad to this incredible coconut nitro ice cream, which should be the perfect relief during the warm spring festival in the desert.
Here’s the full lineup of the food, plus where everything will be located:
Rose Garden VIP
Taqueria La Venganza
Mamacita by Ricardo Zarate
McConnell’s Ice Cream
A few notable changes here: Menotti’s, the lovable Venice Boardwalk coffee shop, is serving. Roy Choi’s enduring Korean-Mexican taco mashup Kogi comes back to Coachella after first debuting there years ago. Badmaash brings its excellent poutine fries topped with chicken tikka marsala gravy. Try Birdies’ fried chicken sandwiches for the first time ever at the festival.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
The Venue Sushi
Juice Served Here
The pop-ups this year are three fixed concepts serving a prix-fixe menu with plenty of options that’ll accommodate various tastes and preferences, which is a change from years past. This year, Kindred, a vegan-friendly restaurant from San Diego, makes its debut. Little Sister, Tin Vuong’s ultra popular Southeast Asian restaurant in Downtown LA and Manhattan Beach, will be serving dinners, while Brooke Williamson’s Playa Provisions will round out the lineup. To book a table here, go to this special link on OpenTable. Dinners cost $50 per person.
Boardwalk - General Admission
The general-admission food offerings get a major upgrade this year, including Neal Fraser’s Fritzi Coop fried chicken sandwiches, Koreatown’s ultra-popular Sumo Dog, which originally debuted at Coachella, Roy Choi’s rice bowl concept Chego, and even the delightful Go Get ‘Em Tiger from Larchmont/Los Feliz. Does Coachella boast the best, most unique coffee programs of any music festival? Probably. Oh, and Sweet Comforts will be available to everyone in the Boardwalk.
Juice Served Here
Go Get ‘Em Tiger
Other General Admission
Rocco’s Sweet Shoppe